Hello, Head-Fi community.
What started out as a simple quest to eliminate the very noticeable noise and interference my inexpensive gaming headset (Steelseries Siberia V2) was receiving when connected to my computer's jack by looking into external usb DACs, grew into a desire to acquire a proper pair of headphones.
Would like to use for:
* Music (mostly electronic music such as The Glitch Mob, Pretty Lights, AWOLNATION, Major Lazer, etc., but also rock, metal and punk)
* Gaming (of least importance, as I have a headset for that)
Won't use for:
* Music creation
* Noise cancellation
* Must fit large heads and be comfortable for extended use, without being loose and unwieldy.
* No shrill or hissing treble
* No muddy bass.
* Preferably closed back, but not a must.
Since I started out looking at USB powered DACs, I'm in the (perhaps) unusual position of already being quite certain that I'll be purchasing an Audioquest Dragonfly DAC 1.2. This runs at just 2V RMS and can deliver 125mW at 32 ohms. So preferably your recommendations should be servicable by this tiny amp (though I don't listen to music incredibly loudly, I wouldn't want to be limited by it either).
I've mostly been looking at Audio Technica, Beyerdynamic and Sennheiser offerings, but I find them hard to compare, with so many parameters.
As the title states I'll be willing to pay up to ~$350* for a good pair of headphones. So I'd love to hear what you guys have to say. :-)
*) Not technically correct. I live in Denmark (higher taxes and prices) but I've looked up the US prices of headphones that are "in my range" in Danish stores and so the figure listed here takes that into account.
Edited by bnightm - 2/18/14 at 8:34am